We engage, support, resource and inspire Educators to work in collaboration with families ensuring each child reaches their full potential. In meeting our vision the service will act in a professional and respectful manner, valuing partnerships and diversity. Our primary focus is always what is in the best interests of the child and in doing so we honour the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child & FDC practices are conducted in a professional manner according to the Code of Ethics. The service will comply with State Child Care Regulation, National quality standards, Department of Education and Training policies.

WE BELIEVE THAT:

The Family Day Care Service should be flexible and responsive to all families including those with more complex needs. 

o   Children have the right to a quality care environment that offers safety and security, with opportunities to develop holistically- physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, through meaningful open ended play based learning experiences. 

o   Educators provide a secure, happy and stimulating environment for children, which facilitate the optimum development of each child. 

o   Children should experience pride and confidence in their achievement and be respected as individuals with their own developmental pathways.

o   Children should be encouraged to interact actively with their environment. 

o   Collaborative relationships between all stakeholders, which respect family and community. 

o   It is essential to have an ongoing process of self-reflection and improvement to ensure the best possible service to the community. 

o    Everyone has opportunities for ongoing learning and development. 

o   Work with children to help them understand that they are global citizens with shared responsibilities to the environment and humanity.

o   Always be available to support the children to make progress in their learning and development. 

o   Educators must acknowledge that play is a prominent portion of children’s learning and development, and on account of this, accommodate children with age, interest and developmentally appropriate experiences for the learning and development of children. 

o   Embrace the cultural diversity of our community, where values, rights and differing perspectives are respected and understanding and empathy are encouraged. We acknowledge that cultural diversity relates to gender, ethnicity, lifestyle, customs, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences. 

o    Reflect the Early Years Learning Framework and FSAC in programming and practice, valuing the importance and relevance of play in a child’s life.